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Windows 7 Anti-Piracy Only There To Help

Microsoft last week released a new Windows 7 anti-piracy tool with a unique marketing proposition: By allowing Microsoft to check your PC, the machine will actually be more secure.

At first blush, this sounds like a cop protecting your safety through a strip search. But Microsoft counters that there are as many as 70 exploits that attack Windows activation files, and this tool can make sure these files are protected.

Apparently, the new tool will pester non-licensed users to get licensed and will change the wallpaper to something dull, but won't disable the operating system. Even better news, downloading the tool is strictly voluntary.

What do you think of anti-piracy tools? Reveal your true feelings at [email protected]

Posted by Doug Barney on February 22, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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